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Deverbative Verbs
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Deverbative verbs are verbs derived from a verbal lexical base by means of derivational morphemes (usually suffixes).

Deverbative verbs constitute, as do denominative verbs, a type of secondary derivation by means of suffixes to create verbs from other verbs. In contrast to this type of derivation, primary derivation creates verbs from a pure base – neither nominal nor verbal – (Denominal Verbs). The creation of deverbative verbs served two basic purposes in the language. On the one hand, the Indo-European speech community used th…

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Helena Maquieira, “Deverbative Verbs”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 28 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_000032>
First published online: 2013

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